Back to Top

Give your pet care and attention in your absence

Will you be traveling for a few days but can't take your pet along with you?

Is your new project at work requiring overtime from you?

Or do you want your pet to socialize more and go out on supervised walks more often?

We have an excellent solution for you.

Hovos is a popular platform connecting pet owners with travelers volunteering to perform one or more services in exchange for free food and accommodation.

Responsible pet owners rely on pet sitters to manage and provide company for their pets

Hosts: Pet sitting by reliable volunteers

In what ways can a volunteer take care of your pet in your absence?

  • Ensure that your pooch, feline or any other pet has the food and water he/she needs.
  • Changes the water bowl
  • Walks your pet
  • Exercises your pet
  • Plays with your pet
  • Cleans the litter box and any mess made by the pet to maintain cleanliness and hygiene
  • Administers pet medication
  • Pampers your pet with loads of TLC!

Hovos is a popular platform connecting pet owners with pet sitters. As an owner, you get dedicated pet sitting service from volunteers who love animals and have experience caring for them.

Pet sitters may also assist with other small tasks around the house when you're away.

This includes bringing in the newspaper or mail, opening the blinds during the day and closing them at night, switching the lights on and off as needed, and cleaning up after cooking or using the kitchen.

Responsible pet owners rely on pet sitters to manage and provide company to their dogs, cats and birds when on vacation or when they need an extra pair of hands.

The advantages of pet sitting are:

  • Pets are happy and don't feel lonely or traumatized
  • Diet and exercise routines go on as usual without any interruptions
  • You minimize the risk that your pet will fall ill in your absence
  • You don't feel stressed about leaving your pet at an unfamiliar place such as a pet hotel or boarding facility
  • You don't have to impose the responsibility of minding your pet on your neighbor, friend or relative.

The smart solution is to find a house sitter who can live in your house and take care of your beloved pet. Basically, the sitter will be providing your pet the same care, attention and supervision as you.

Wins from this experience

As a host you will learn to cooperate with and take care of your volunteer(s). A host will also learn more about the country, background, culture and lifestyle of their travelers – it’s a great experience and exchange.

Travelers interested in pet sitting

view more volunteers

Travelers: Love animals? Then this gig is for you!

Are you an animal lover and/or own or have owned a pet?

We encourage you to consider pet sitting in exchange for free accommodation and food. If you truly enjoy the company of pets, this job will be a fun activity instead of a chore. Sign up if you have the heart and willingness to take care of your host's pet with compassion and zest.

House sitting has become massively popular among savvy travelers seeking to really immerse in the culture of new destinations whilst also saving money on the side.

With a place to stay and a kitchen at your disposal, you can enjoy financial flexibility and make the most of a truly 'budget' vacation.

For many of our young volunteers, the chance at house and pet sitting has been an amazing learning and enjoyable experience. It has allowed them to form friendships and relationships with humans and animals. If you're an animal person, sign up with Hovos now!

hovos travel sim

Free sim card for new signups!

Hovos proudly presents the Hovos Travel Sim. Stay in contact with friends and family with a global sim for fair prices and reduce roaming costs by up to 95%.
  • Free incoming calls in over 95 countries, coverage in 200 countries
  • Low cost calls, data & SMS worldwide - reduce roaming fees by up to 95%
  • Once your travel SIM arrives you can add data bundles
  • Can be used as a data SIM for iPads and tablets
  • 4G SIM works in any unlocked handset and is compatible with all SIM sizes
  • Keep your existing number using our Virtual Numbers service

Wins from this experience

As a Hovos Traveler you will learn how to live abroad with another family far away from your familiar surroundings. You will gain insight into their lifestyle and traditions. It's a win-win situation for both sides. Hovos brings hosts and travelers together.

Hosts that need help with pet sitting

view more hosts

What is the cost to sign up as a Host or Traveler?

Traveler Membership: $10/Year This gives them full access to all hosts as well as a FREE Travel SIM. However, they can create an account for free so they can start ‘favoriting hosts’ and build their profile - but advanced features such as contacting hosts will be unavailable until they become members.

Host Membership: $0/Year It is free for hosts to sign up and they can begin contacting travelers immediately.

An additional advantage of being a member is that you become more trustworthy and therefore members will be shown first on the website. Members can build up more trust by verifying their mobile phone and passport as well.

Are you interested in different types of work?

If you’re not interested in working with animals or you need help with a different type of project, there are many other categories available. Once you sign up, you can select as many different categories as you like.

Hovos offers language practice, help with art projects, gardening, internet support, tourist support and many other options!